About the Institute of Modern Art

The Institute of Modern Art (IMA) has been a leading venue in Australia for the production, presentation and circulation of contemporary art for 40 years. As one of the country’s first non-collecting public galleries, the IMA has played an integral role in developing contemporary art in Queensland, Australia, and internationally.

The IMA has museum-grade, climate-controlled gallery spaces in which we present an ambitious program of exhibitions, concentrating on commissioning new works by Australian and international artists at pivotal points in their practices, and sharing underrepresented artists with wider audiences. The IMA has a longstanding commitment to research and a rich history of publishing critical readers, exhibition catalogues, and artist monographs. We also provide an extensive program of events, targeted educational initiatives, and development opportunities for arts professionals. Please explore our exhibitions archive and browse our publications.

The IMA is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts, and from the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts, and through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian Federal, State, and Territory Governments. The IMA is a member of Contemporary Art Organisations Australia (CAOs). The IMA is listed in the Registration of Cultural Organisations and has Deductible Gift Recipient and Tax Charity Concession status.

The IMA’s exhibition program is fully curated, we are not able to accept unsolicited proposals.


Executive Directors

Aileen Burns & Johan Lundh

Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh oversee all aspects of programming and organisational development. Burns and Lundh joined the IMA as Executive Directors in 2014 from their previous post as Co-Directors of the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Derry, Northern Ireland. During their tenure at CCA, they produced exhibitions featuring artists such as Goldin+Senneby, Jesse Jones, Anja Kirschner and David Panos, Raqs Media Collective, Hito Steyerl, and Haegue Yang. At CCA, they organised the first Curatorial Intensive in Europe with Independent Curators International, From 'Official History' to Underrepresented Narratives. They were also part of the curatorial team for the 2013 Turner Prize as part of Derry’s City of Culture celebrations. Burns and Lundh's writing has appeared in periodicals such as Art-Agenda, Art Papers,  Fillip, Journal for Curatorial Studies, Kaleidoscope, Metropolis M, Mousse, Reviews in Cultural Theory, as well as exhibition catalogues and books.


General Manager

Anna Zammit

Anna Zammit serves as the IMA’s General Manager. She manages the daily running of the IMA and supports the Executive Directors in all facets of governance, fundraising, sponsorship, and corporate support. She acts as a liaison to the Board and oversees the IMA staff.  She holds a Master of Creative Industries from Queensland University of Technology and worked as an independent curator before joining the IMA team in 2006. Contact: anna@ima.org.au

Membership and Development

Ally Bennett

As Membership and Development Officer, Ally Bennett oversees membership and individual support of the IMA. She also coordinates front of house, our gallery interns and volunteers, as well as the bookstore. Bennett holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and joined the IMA in 2014 after working for both the Contemporary Art Society and the Tate Modern in London. Contact: ally@ima.org.au

Public Programs Officer

Renae Belton

As the IMA’s Exhibitions and Public Programs Officer, Renae Belton is responsible for coordinating artistic, discursive, and educational programs and contributes to the development and planning of the IMA’s exhibitions. Belton joined the team in 2014 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Queensland. She has worked at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, La Trobe University Art Museum, Melbourne, and for the Liverpool Biennial. Contact: renae@ima.org.au

Exhibitions Officer

Liam O’Brien

As IMA’s Exhibitions Officer, Liam O’Brien coordinates the technical aspects of exhibition delivery. O’Brien joined IMA's team in 2014 and holds a Bachelor of Photography with Honours from Griffith University and maintains an artistic practice. He has previously worked at Griffith University Art Gallery, University of Queensland Art Museum, and Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art. Contact: liam@ima.org.au


Jewel Mackenzie

Jewel Mackenzie is the IMA’s Bookkeeper and oversees the institution’s financial operations. Mackenzie, who joined the team in 2006, is a trained bookkeeper and a TAFE-certified fashion designer. She also has a Doctorate in Visual Art from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. Contact: jewel@ima.org.au

Special Projects

Sarah D'Ardenne

Sarah D'Ardenne works on Special Projects, including the IMA’s annual cocktail party and Development. She has a professional background in marketing and events with her business, The Design Issue, and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History & Business from Baylor University, and Arts Marketing, Events & Festivals at Queensland University of Technology. D'Ardenne joined the IMA team in 2014 after working in Rome and studying Architecture at the University of Queensland. Contact: sarah@ima.org.au

Curatorial Fellow

Vivian Ziherl

Vivian Ziherl is Curator at If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to Be Part Of Your Revolution, Amsterdam. With Natasha Ginwala, Ziherl recently developed Landings at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, in collaboration with organisations such as Tropenmuseum and Stedelijk Museum (both Amsterdam). Ziherl is IMA’s Curatorial Fellow 2014/15 through the support of the Australia Council for the Arts, and is working towards an exhibition here in 2016.

Associate Editor

Evie Franzidis

Evie Franzidis has been editing IMA publications since 2009. She has a Master’s degree in Art Historical Studies from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a Master’s Degree in Writing, Editing, and Publishing from University of Queensland. As a freelance editor and writer, Franzidis works for a number of Queensland and national arts institutions.


Motto IMA Consultant

Joe Shakespeare

Joe Shakespeare studied Graphic Design and Fine Art at Norwich School of Art in the UK. He began working with Motto in 2009 and oversaw the Motto program in Melbourne between 2012 and 2014. He is a member of the publication based curatorial project, Library Moderne, along with Stuart Geddes and Brad Haylock with whom he co-initiated the Most Beautiful Book Australia & New Zealand publishing award in 2013. Contact: motto@ima.org.au

IMA Advisory Committee

Maria Lind, Director, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; Nikos Papastergiadis, Professor in the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne; and Raqs Media Collective, New Delhi.


Current Volunteers

Graeme Auchterlonie, Michaela Bear, Katy Birkett, Annie Boman, Katherine Campbell, Ursula Cooper, Diamanta Contoleon, Claudia De Salvo, Sophia Dique, Josh Fay, Lucy Forsberg, Callum Galletly, Isabelle George, Claudia Greathead, Lucy Hancock, Victoria Lawson, Kate O'Connor,  Katie Porter, Ashleigh Ralph, Jess Rampling, Emma Theyers, Angelica Roache-Wilson, and Regan Warfield.

Exhibition Photography

Queensland photographer Richard Stringer has documented the IMA’s exhibitions since 1975.

Board of Directors


Marie-Louise Theile

Brisbane-born Marie-Louise Theile has a background in print journalism and television. She started out working for Elle in New York, and for The Sun, Ita, Cleo, Vogue Living, and The Australian. Theile later joined ABC Television as a news reporter, and went on to present Ten News. Theile now runs the marketing consultancy MLT Initiative, which is activating the James Street cultural and shopping precinct.

  • Vice President: Kim Machan
  • Secretary: Dominique Jones
  • Treasurer: Sarah Campbell
  • Directors: Amelia BarikinRichard Fidler, Angela Goddard, John Hirschfeld, Crow Hirst, Andrew McNamara, Douglas Quayle, Simon Wright, and Jay Younger.


Upcoming Events

Agency, Thing 000863 (Mus\ée National de l'Automobile).
IMA Talk: Agency
29 January 2015

A modern world-view assumes a division between the categories of 'nature' and 'culture'. On the one hand, to be defined...

2015 Program Launch
5 February 2015

In 2015, the IMA celebrates its forty-year anniversary, making it one of Australia’s oldest and continually vibrant spaces for contemporary art. The...

What Can Art…?
5 February 2015

The IMA is pleased to present a lecture by Anne Barlow, Director of Art in General, New York. This is the inaugural...

Hito Steyerl, How Not to be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File (2013). HD video file, single screen, 14 minutes. Hito Steyerl, How Not to be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File (2013). HD video file, single screen, 14 minutes. Copyright Hito Steyerl, courtesy Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam.
Exhibition Tour, Ellie Buttrose
7 February 2015

Ellie Buttrose will give a tour of our current exhibition, Hito Steyerl; Too Much World, on Saturday, 7 February, at 3pm....

Employment Opportunity
13 February 2015

In 2015, the IMA celebrates its forty-year anniversary, making it one of Australia’s oldest and continually vibrant spaces for contemporary art....